An active archive is a
collection of data that is
too valuable for a company to discard, but is only accessed occasionally.
Active archives store data that is not read-write intensive and does not need to be modified,
but may be read from time to time. Such data is usually stored on less expensive, slower performing
storage media such as tape or
inexpensive disk. An active
archive may include software for
moving data seamlessly between storage tiers so it can be
directly accessed by applications or
users. Active archives are usually protected with replication to another
archive system, not just by traditional backup.
An active archive can be contrasted with a deep archive, which holds
data that will probably not be accessed again but must be kept for compliance or other
Contributor(s): Sarah Wilson
This was last updated in June 2014
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